Following on from my first Technic review I have done for Brickset, here is the second one!
I'm going to be looking at set 42022 Hot Rod, which at 413 parts sits in the mid-size set category and at a guess will have a price point somewhere around £35/$50 (US). The Hot Rod seems to be designed to resemble the Ford Model T style 'rods. I’m no hotrod expert myself, but having had a quick look around the web, it’s the closest I could find to the LEGO Technic interpretation of this custom car icon.
The finished model is instantly identifiable as a hotrod and has all the key elements for this type of vehicle. The big exposed engine block looks great, complemented by the upward facing exhaust pipes along with the large air intake scoop on the top. The huge classic steel grill radiator completes the look. The other nice feature of this set is the fold-down roof which really works well (I’ll comment more on this later).
The big news with this set though is it's the first to advertise and use the LEGO building App! It is available from both the AppStore for iOS devices, and Google play for Android. Sadly I was unable to use the building guide App for this review and give you my thoughts as it isn’t available yet! However once it is, I’d be interested to see it myself as well as hear your thoughts on it in the comments?
As with many Technic sets, this is a 2 models in 1. The alternative model is a Baja style desert/dune buggy. It looks neat but I won't be building it as part of this review.
Box and Contents
As with the Black Champion Racer, the box is pretty standard. Nice image of the finished model on the front as well as an image demonstrating the fold-away roof on the car. On the back of the box there is an image of the alternative model (Dune Buggy), as well as an image of tablet and the set part-built advertising the building App. There are graphics of Apple and Google stores, as well as the URL for more info on the App itself. The age recommendation for this set is 9-16 which is fair for the difficulty level of the build.
Inside the box there are the two tyres, one sticker sheet, two instruction manuals, and 4 parts bags. The large bag contains the main panels, wheels, tyres and beams as well as another small bag containing mostly connector pegs! The medium size bag contains the rest of the beams, larger axles, etc., and finally the two small bags are filled with smaller elements like connector pegs, bushes and such like.
The instructions for the Hot Rod are also easy and clear to follow. As I mentioned before, you also have the option to use the LEGO building app which sadly I was not able to use as part of this review, but we may look to follow it up later when available. There are 57-steps to the build and as with the previous set, I would say there is a nice balance of variety in the process and minimal repetition which is always good! As I mentioned before, the scale images for parts such as the cross axles and beams really helps, especially for younger builders taking on the challenge!
The first part of the build is focused on the base chassis and the steering system. Once the finished model has been made, I found the steering system works well, the only downside being the cross axle extension piece sticking out from the back end to steer with! Next comes the drive shaft section for the engine. This is what moves the pistons in the engine block and is driven by the rear right wheel. Then the lights and seats are added, closely followed by the engine block, its mounts and the radiator. Finishing with the body work, exhaust system, air intake scoop, sticker application, and the wheels and tyres being attached!
I think Huw has mentioned this before on previous reviews but what really amazed me is this Hot Rod looks very much BLUE in the picture and as a finished model in real life, which considering there are only six blue pieces for the body work, is quite remarkable! There are only four stickers to apply which also wasn't too bad, but the natural curve of the large panels can make it tricky to get them to look even and neatly lined up on either side. I also couldn't understand the need to have a large sticker of which half is blue, to stick on a BLUE panel...!!
To conclude, I really enjoyed the build of this set. As a finished model it’s a lovely display piece, but it also makes a great set for playing with too. Although unable to build it herself, my 2-year old has been fascinated by it and enjoyed pushing it up and down the floor in the conservatory. This of course reminded me of how much more sturdy and playable Technic sets are compared to their System counterparts. As with the Champion Racer, it’s a great representation of a Hot Rod, and for me the best part of the set is the awesome fold-down roof mechanism. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and I hope you enjoyed the review!
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